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Eating Disorders

What are eating disorders? An Eating Disorder is an illness that permeates all aspects of each sufferer's life, is caused by a variety of emotional factors and influences, and hasprofound effects on the people suffering and their loved ones. Eating Disorders are about trying to make your whole life better through food and eating or lack of. They are about seeking approval andacceptance from everyone through negative attention. It’s also about how life won't be good until a bit or a lot of weight is lost, and there's no concern for what kind of damage you do to yourselfto get there.
Anorexia Nervosa: Those who are suffering with this illness have a low self-esteem and often a tremendous need to control their surroundings and emotions. The Eating Disorder, Anorexia,is a unique reaction to a variety of external and internal conflicts, such as stress, anxiety, unhappiness and feeling like life is out of control. Anorexia is a negative way to cope with theseemotions. New research indicates that for a percentage of sufferers, a genetic predisposition may play a role in a sensitivity to develop Anorexia, with environmental factors being the trigger. The personsuffering with Anorexia may be abnormally sensitive about being perceived as fat, or have a massive fear of becoming fat though not all people living with Anorexia have this fear. They may be afraid oflosing control over the amount of food they eat, accompanied by the desire to control their emotions and reactions to their emotions. With a low self-esteem and need for acceptance they will turn toobsessive dieting and starvation as a way to control not only their weight, but their feelings and actions regarding the emotions attached. Some also feel that they do not deserve pleasure out oflife, and will deprive themselves of situations offering pleasure including eating. Some of the behavioral signs can be: obsessive exercise, calorie and fat gram counting, starvation and restriction of...
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